Whenever this website was fortunate enough to feature a bike by Ezra Caldwell of Fast Boy Cycles, I used to wax lyrical about how it was a good day for Cycle EXIF. Not today. Drifting through my Instagram feed, I came across a photo on Seth Rosko’s profile that informed me of news I had been dreading to hear. After Ezra’s long battle with cancer, “il maestro has left the sphere”.
Initially, it was the simplicity and purity of Ezra’s frames that made such an impact upon me, spearheaded by that big love heart on their head tubes. Then, after learning more about him — his emotionally-loaded photography, his dancing, his woodwork and his hard battle with cancer, I developed a deep respect for this man who crafted such beautiful things from the world around him.
Ezra has left behind the most incredible legacy of craft for us to enjoy, which we will, forever. But more importantly, he has given us a deeper appreciation for our own lives, and an inspiration to joyously ride at every available moment. My deepest condolences to Hillary and your family. Godspeed, Ezra Caldwell. Thank you for making Cycle EXIF all worthwhile.